About Computer Science
Our Program and Courses
You can major or minor in computer science at F&M. While studying computer science, you will learn about computer organization, data structures, and algorithms. Advanced study covers topics such as mobile application development, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and bioinformatics. In a world where data privacy and technology is constantly changing, having an in-depth understanding of computing systems will serve you not only in your future career, but in your daily life, as well.
Students from a wide range of majors take advantage of computer science classes to gain technical and programming skills that will help them in their studies. As a student studying computer science, you’ll have the opportunity to fine-tune your computer science degree however you please.
By the time you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate:
- Computational thinking and problem solving.
- The ability to communicate technical information to experts and non-experts alike.
- Problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically across disciplines (such as biology, business, and mathematics).
- The ability to work individually and in teams, building on the work of others.
- Understanding of new developments in the field of computer science as they arise.
- The ability to communicate observations and discoveries orally and in writing.
- Advanced programming skills in a variety of programming languages.
- Sophisticated theoretical and applied computing-related problem solving skills.
Wondering what computer science courses are like? Explore our course catalog to see what classes are available to you.
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Learning Outside the Classroom
The world of computing is expansive, and you will be able to take your studies far outside the classroom.
As you dive into the intricacies of computer science, you may find yourself wanting
to further explore a particular area or topic. Recent computer science students have
researched robot interaction, sensitive data management, phone security and data leaks,
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Honors in Computer Science
Completing research or an independent study could also lead to honors in computer science. To be considered for honors, you must first be nominated based on the results of your independent study, after which you will continue to research your thesis, defend your findings, and complete requested edits on your results.
Computer science is a gateway to opportunities across academic and professional domains.
Internships not only allow you to continue your studies beyond the classroom, but
also enhance your resume prior to entering the workforce. Previous computer science
students have interned with prominent tech companies such as Amazon and MongoDB.
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F&M students have extraordinary experiences to extend their academic experience abroad. Computer science students have studied in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia,
and New Zealand.
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Success Beyond F&M
F&M’s computer science department prepares its students to excel in a variety of careers or graduate school programs. The intellectual and analytical activities that make up the work of computer science — including technical fluency, data gathering, collaborating with others, and critical thought — help you develop useful and productive skills you can apply to any post-college plan.
Computer science graduates are prepared to pursue advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines, including science and engineering, advanced computer science, artificial intelligence, and information technology . They’ve pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as:
- Boston University
- Colorado School of Mines
- Columbia University
- New York University
- Rutgers University
- University of Oxford
- Virginia Tech University
Many computer science graduates embark on their chosen career paths immediately upon graduating from F&M. They have landed at notable companies such as Google, Facebook, Girls Who Code, HBO, Oracle, and Vanguard. They hold positions such as:
- Data Architect
- Database Administrator
- Engineer Application Developer
- Python Developer
- Research Scientist
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
- Software Support Engineer
- Tech Analyst
Computer Science Major Enjoys Hands-On Programming ExperienceOjima Abraham ’23 is a prime example of how students can proactively pursue internships and acquire invaluable career experience during their time at F&M. Abraham, a computer science major, received internships at major tech companies in the summers before his sophomore and junior years, allowing him to engage in impactful hands-on learning that complemented his education and gave him a jumpstart on essential skills for a career in computer programming. “I was able to learn how to apply some of the knowledge I acquired from some of my classes in a practical setting to solve real-world problems and help create value,” Abraham said.
Why Research? It Teaches You More Than You ThinkF&M grads shared the surprise lessons they learned while researching mobile security alongside Assistant Professor of Computer Science Ed Novak. Discover what they learned, and hear the advice they have for students looking for research opportunities at F&M.
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Related Fields of Study
Immerse yourself in a rapidly-expanding field that combines the study of biology, chemistry, computer science, and applied mathematics. By studying bioinformatics at F&M, you’ll explore how to develop methods and software tools for understanding biological data.
How do minds fit into the natural world? When you study cognitive science at F&M, you’ll employ intellectual tools from several disciplines to understand the nature of the mind and how it works, functions, and behaves.
The study of mathematics is ancient, and its roots in clear and creative thought can still be seen today. While studying mathematics at F&M, you will learn both the fundamental foundations and theories of the field as well as how to apply these theories to real-life problems.
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Why Research? It Teaches You More Than You Think
Students at Franklin & Marshall College embark on research projects expecting to dive deeper into their field, work side-by-side with passionate professors, and add an impressive feat to their...Students share the problem-solving skills they gained while completing undergraduate research in computer science and mobile security.